The Abortion Talks Film Screening

Saturday, August 5, 2023 – Saturday, August 12, 2023
Common Ground Committee "The Abortion Talks" Film Screening

Common Ground Committee offered a special online and complimentary screening of documentary film, The Abortion Talks.


In the aftermath of John Salvi’s murder spree at two Brookline clinics, leaders from opposing sides of the abortion debate met together in secret talks. None of the participants would change their minds, but the dialogues changed their lives.

THE ABORTION TALKS follows the crimes and trial of John Salvi—and the story of six women, all of them leaders in the pro-life and pro-choice movements, who sought to ensure that it would never happen again.

These courageous leaders risked their personal safety and professional lives to meet secretly for six years under the guidance of Essential Partners co-founder Laura R. Chasin and mediator Susan Podziba.

The experience would forever change how they speak to and about each other. They would begin to engage in more cross-partisan efforts. And although they continued to disagree, together they successfully prevented future violence.

Dialogue participant Melissa Kogut, former head of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, calls this “a powerful documentary right when we need it.” Frances Hogan, founder of Women Affirming Life describes it as “fair, clear and intriguing,” and Anne Fowler, a pro-choice Episcopal priest, writes “inspiring, brilliantly told.”

Common Ground Committee interviewed two of the participants in the Abortion Talks on its Let’s Find Common Ground podcast. Learn more and get some behind the scenes insights by listening.